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Sex attacker jailed for crime nine years later

PUBLISHED: 13:40 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 25 August 2010

A 41-YEAR-OLD man who indecently attacked a schoolgirl in an alleyway nine years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

A 41-YEAR-OLD man who indecently attacked a schoolgirl in an alleyway nine years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Gary Kerby of Goldcrest Close, Thamesmead was sentenced yesterday after he was convicted of two counts of indecent assault following a week-long trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

The court heard that on September 19, 2001 the girl was walking home from school via an alley in Upton Road, Bexley, when she was grabbed from behind by Kerby who put his hand over her mouth and threatened to slash her throat if she cried for help.

Terrified, the girl was dragged further along the alley where the man pulled down her underwear and indecently assaulted her before she was forced to perform a sex act on him.

Detective Constable Pete Thompson of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Sapphire Command said: "Gary Kerby subjected his victim to a terrifying ordeal and has rightly been imprisoned.

"He never admitted responsibility for the attack and has shown no remorse, so it is pleasing that he is now where he belongs - behind bars. A huge amount of credit must be paid to the victim who managed to gain the courage to attend court and relive her ordeal.

"This conviction goes to show that the MPS will never give up in our pursuit to bring perpetrators of violent sexual assaults to justice."

In 2001, detectives launched a full investigation but there were no leads and the case remained unsolved. But, on May 1, 2009, Kerby was arrested for an unrelated matter in Greenwich.

A sample of his DNA was taken and was used to identify him via the National DNA Database.

Kerby has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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